This is one of my most popular projects and yields really beautiful and dramatic results.
I try to do this project in September when sunflowers are in the grocery stores.
Grade 6 students start by practicing drawing a sunflower on scrap paper. Once they're comfortable with it, they sketch it only 12 x 18" black construction paper. Then they pass over all the lines using Elmer's clear glue. Let this dry FLAT overnight.
The next class, I demonstrate how to shade the petals using white, orange and yellow shades.
They colour in the flower first with chalk pastels, then colour the background.
This is a super messy project!! Some kids absolutely hate the dry feeling of the chalk so they wrap their fingers in a Kleenex to blend.
The final step is to clean up the glue lines using a damp thin paintbrush.
Some Grade 6 results!